THANPUYING BETTY DUMAINE

Roommate and Close Friend with HRH for a Lifetime

Schools for the Northern Thai Communities

Born January, 1900, in Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.A. to the well-to-do family of Frederic Christopher Dumaine Sr., the young Betty Dumaine enjoyed living on an estate where she loved animals and learned to ride horses. She later founded a horse-riding club in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and became very active in charities for the blind in New England.

A turning point in her life came in 1919 when she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to attend the Edith Johnson School and there met Khun Sangwan Chukramol, who was also studying at the school. They became roommates and instantly bonded.

After the Princess Mother married, she continued to keep in touch with Miss Dumaine and even visited her at her country home in Concord every possible weekend, sometimes accompanied by her husband, the late Prince Mahidol, father of the late King Rama IX

After her return to Thailand, the Princess Mother appointed Miss Dumaine to help run her charities to help the poor in Northern Thailand. Miss Dumaine set up a charity organization at her estate in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and helped raise funds to build schools for communities in Northern Thailand

In 1972, Miss Dumaine and her friend, Miss Dora H. Layton published a book in commemoration of the 72nd birthday of the Princess Mother. The book, the Princess Mother, gave details of her royal projects in Thailand. The royal title of ‘Thanpuying’ was bestowed upon Miss Dumaine for her contributions to Thai society.

In 1980 Thanpuying Betty Dumaine initiated the establishment of The Princess Mother’s Charities Fund of Thailand and transferred the funds remaining in her U.S.A. charity organization to this foundation before closing it down. 

She passed away in 1984 at the age of 84.

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